October 2nd, 2013, 20:09 PM
PS3 Update Adds Auto Downloads, Data Transfer With Vita
Sony this week rolled out a new software update for the PlayStation 3, which brings a number of enhancements to tide gamers over as they wait for next-generation consoles to hit the market next month.
"We've added some great features and improvements to make downloading system updates and Web Store purchases more convenient for all PSN users," Sony wrote in a blog post. "In addition, we've made it easier to move games, movies and other content from your PS3 to PS Vita with wi-fi data transfer."
Version 4.50 expands the auto-download functionality for updates to all PlayStation Network users. This means you won't have to manually download system software updates and purchases made on the Web Store any longer — they will download automatically.
The latest version also comes with some new privacy options for trophies, letting you specify which of your medals are visible. In addition, you can now transfer data from your console to your PS Vita handheld using Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections.
The update comes as gamers eagerly await the PlayStation 4, which will hit store shelves in North America on Nov. 15 for $399, and Microsoft's Xbox One, which launches on Nov. 22 for $499. At this point, more U.S. shoppers are eying the PS4 than the Xbox One, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. More than a quarter of the almost 1,300 people surveyed said they are likely to purchase Sony's upcoming PlayStation; only 15 percent chose the Xbox One.
Meanwhile, GameStop stores in North America will begin carrying an exclusive blue PS3 Superslim at its stores in the U.S. and Canada next week. Sony also recently dropped the price of its PlayStation Vita handheld console from $250 to $199 in an effort to boost sales of the struggling device.